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100 Per Cent Canadian Beef Sourcing

March 20, 2018


TORONTO, ON  – From time to time, we receive questions via email and social media about McDonald’s Canada’s beef purchasing practices.  This stems from a viral email which contains information that is completely false and is a hoax.

McDonald’s Canada sources 100% Canadian beef from farms and ranches across the country for our hamburger patties.  All our hamburger patties are made with 100% Canadian beef and have been since 2003.  We use no additives or fillers, either - just a pinch of salt and pepper after the patty is cooked.

The first email questioning beef sourcing originally surfaced in the U.S. in 2002 – at that time referencing the Texas Cattle Feeders Association – and it resurfaced again in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2015 and again this year.  McDonald’s representatives in the U.S. spoke with the Texas Cattle Feeders Association and they denied any association with the email.  In 2009, 2015 and again in 2018, a Canadian version emerged that’s practically identical to the one that originated in the U.S. 

McDonald's Canada remains one of the largest purchasers of Canadian beef, and continues to be a proud supporter of the Canadian beef industry.